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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Night and day


This is another one of those tops that I had seen on people over and over but I had been good at not buying. For whatever reason, I didn't think I would crave wearing it that much, and I thought that it would end up sitting in my closet neglected. But the more I saw it, the more I felt like I did, in fact, need it. The piping makes it special and instantly dresses up the look.


It goes without saying that your accessories alone can dress up or dress down your outfit and can take you from day to night. I was traveling for work again this week - basically a couple of face to face meetings, and otherwise, sitting in a car and driving around looking at sites all day. I definitely wanted to be comfortable, but I also wanted to have an outfit that I could dress up with accessories because I was meeting a friend for dinner. Packing extra accessories takes up way less space than having to pack a whole new outfit. When it comes to traveling and packing, I've gone from being an extreme over-packer to now being all about remixing and bringing as little as possible. 

Sunnies: Gucci | Necklace: Express (option) | Leopard Bag: Ralph Lauren (option) | Travel Bag: Lo & Sons "OG"Top: ExpressBracelets: Stella and Dot (1, 2) Cara | Bottoms: Express (option) | Heels: Sam Edelman | Flats: JCrew Factory

For my day look - I kept my accessories pretty minimal. I didn't bother with a necklace, and only wore my simple pave link bracelet. I debated on wearing leopard flats instead of these nude beige ones, but these flats are ridiculously comfortable and I knew my leopard ones would bother me after a few hours. And other than doing a proper tuck on my shirt vs. the more laid back partial tuck, I called this day outfit done.


This fella is my OG bag. I love this thing. Seriously. As you saw way back when in this post, I consistently travel with this bag, my small roller bag, and a small cross body. It's my perfect travel formula, and I really feel like I've got this travel thing down to a science. What's great about the OG is all the little compartments. Everything has its place and I love that it attaches quickly, easily, and securely to my roller bag. I should have done a packing post when I went to Jamaica. Ah well, if you need a packing fix, you can always refer to my holiday style one here.
 
PS Ayana and Keren invited me to join their Thrifting Sisters Linkup. I was intimidated because I definitely don't consider myself a skilled thrifter, but Ayana reminded me that remixing is a form of thrifting -- styling one piece so many ways brings the price per wear down! That made me feel good! They featured me in their post yesterday. Please be sure you visit them here and here and say hello!


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Linking up for: Tres Chic, Summer Style, Working Girl with Style, Spotlight Weekly Linkup with Elle and Jacqueline, Look What I Got with Sharon and Tara.

18 comments :

  1. I love this top paired with olive skinnies! I can't believe I've never tried it this way! (Well, actually I can believe it because I never think of interesting combinations.) I think I always wear mine with black but something about this combo is very striking and appealing. I'm glad you changed your mind and decided to get it so I can steal your styling once again. :)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. I honestly never thought about black/white with olive until I got that baseball jacket! Now I always see it as an option! And yay! Glad you approve!!

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  2. I love a good transition outfit! Those heels are killer and the gold heel is to die for! Loving all the jewelry layering as well!
    xo, Lee

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    1. Thanks! Love that it didn't take much to make this a happy hour appropriate look!

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  3. Both look are just prefect. I love to dress up, but I also love to dress down as well. The key is comfort for me.

    Kreyola Jounerys

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    1. Yes absolutely! And when I wear an outfit all day like this - it still needs to look crisp and not a wrinkly mess by the end of the day!

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  4. This is totally one of my favorite recent looks of yours! Love those heels and leopard bag. Good idea to show a side by side look. It is amazing what accessories can do!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I got this top! It really is great! Why'd I wait so long to get it?

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  5. Love the details on this top - and the fact that you paired it with those pants! LOVE!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! I love these olive pants!

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  6. I love this look, specially with the flats, you know me, the lower to the ground the better (but I have to admit I have ordered the foot petals to see if I can "love" heels again)

    Natalia

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    1. Oh yay! You'll have to tell me if the foot petals help for you at all! They are my holy grail. Can't wear new shoes without them handy!

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  7. Love the detail on this top! It's fun seeing the day to night looks side by side!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. I totally agree! I can tell I carry myself different in heels also! So weird!

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  8. I am in love with this outfit on you, Carylee! You're inspiring me to dig out my J Brand olive skinny cargos and restyle them. =)

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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    1. Oh yes! I was on the hunt for the perfect olive pant! They're great!

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  9. Love your jewelry and leopard clutch.

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